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Australians are urged by ScamWatch to follow some tips to protect themselves online: The Examiner.

Use a Google Image search to check profile pictures are genuine. If the person you are interested in is overseas, or cannot meet right now, this is cause for suspicion.

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Last year around 30 per cent of the victims of dating and romance scams were contacted through social media Hookups Woodridge, particularly Facebook. In this scam, victims tend to see advertisements for online stores on social media selling products made by well-known brands at discount rates. The number of Australians reporting scams reached record levels last year, increasing by 47 per cent compared Canberra scams dating sites Disturbingly, the Targeting Scams report states Famous massage in Wollongong ACT residents reported nearly double the number of scams that might have been expected given our population size.

Older Australians tend to be the most likely to fall for scams with people aged over 55 accounting for 45 per cent of reports to Scamwatch.

People between the ages of 55—64 were the most vulnerable in terms of falling for dating and romance scams, while those aged between 45—54 were the most likely to be affected by investment scams. The ACCC says that education Canbfrra awareness are the best defence against scams. Scamwatch statistics show dating and romance scammers are most likely to prey “Social media has overtaken online dating sites as the.

and Consumer Commission (ACCC), and provides information to consumers and datinf businesses about how to recognise, avoid and report scams. A Canberra woman accused of an online dating scam, who allegedly claimed to have had Marrying a Banora Point women child with cricketer Michael Clarke and to. Scammers take advantage of people looking for romantic partners, often via dating websites, apps or social Canberra scams dating sites by pretending to be prospective companions.

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They Canberra scams dating sites even been known to telephone their victims as a first introduction. Clues for spotting fake profiles. Example to chat privately. They may use a fictional name, or falsely take on the identities of real, trusted people such as military personnel, aid workers or professionals working abroad. Dating and romance scammers will express strong emotions for you Geraldton massage in Geraldton Australia a relatively short period of time, and will suggest you move the relationship away from the website to a more private channel, such as phone, email or instant messaging.

They often claim to be from Australia or another western country, but travelling or working overseas. They may take months to build what may feel like the romance of a lifetime and may even pretend to book flights to visit you, but never actually come.

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Sometimes the scammer will send you valuable items such as laptop Canberra scams dating sites and mobile phones, and ask you to resend them. They will invent some reason why they need you to send the goods but this is just a way for them to cover up their criminal activity.

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Never agree to transfer money for someone. They will tell you they need your money to cover administrative fees or taxes.

Scammers may attempt to lure their victims overseas, putting you in dangerous situations that can have tragic consequences. Regardless of how you are scammed, you could end up losing a lot of money.

Online dating and romance scams cheat Australians out of millions every year.